How to Help Your Dog Lose Weight

How to Help Your Dog Lose Weight

Is my dog fat? Nobody wants to admit it but over half of us have an overweight pet! The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) recently released their 2016 clinical survey survey where a whopping 59% of cats and 54% of dogs in the U.S. were classified as overweight (Body Condition Score of 4) or obese (BCS 5) by their veterinary healthcare professional. This equals an estimated 41.9 million dogs and 50.5 million cats that are too heavy. Not only are the shear numbers staggering but these numbers continue to rise each year. Yikes! Obesity in our pets is a … Continue reading

7 Claims About Dog Ownership I Was Surprised to Find Were Not True!

Dog Ownership and Dog Facts

Growing up, I learned many “old wives” tales about dogs. My neighbors told them, my friends told them, and my parents told them. Now that I’m older, I have found that some are just not true.   Here are a few examples: 1. Mutts Make the Best Dogs Yes, it is true that pure breeds may have certain genetic illnesses, but if you get your dog from a reputable breeder, these risks can be lowered considerably. A good breeder minimizes in-breeding and houses their pregnant dogs in a clean, safe environment. Pregnant dogs and puppies receive all the medical care … Continue reading

How Your Dog Can Benefit From Antioxidants

Antioxidants and the Benefits It Gives to Your Dog’s Health

You probably hear the word antioxidants every day, but do you know what they actually are and how they can benefit your dog? Antioxidants are substances that work in the body to reduce cellular oxidation. Oxidation is a chemical process that occurs within the body’s cells, releasing free radicals and peroxides. Free radicals are also generated when the body is exposed to environmental pollutants such as smoke or air pollution and harmful chemicals such as insecticides and pesticides. These cellular by-products are potentially toxic to cells and can overwhelm the body’s natural immune system. As a natural defense, the body … Continue reading

4 Ways You Can Use Food as Medicine for Your Dog

Food and Nutrition for Managing Dog Disease

We live in times of considerable transformation. I’m not talking about politics or current world news, but rather the inclusion of integrative medicine into our society. Holistic medicine with complementary treatments such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage, and nutrition focus on healing the body as a whole, not just the physical symptoms of the disease. Understanding how to heal the body in its entirety has begun to modify the way that we view our pets. My primary focus is Nutrition, using food as therapy. In viewing what we feed our pets as a means of warding off disease and illness, … Continue reading

Why Should You Feed Your Pet a Grain-Free Diet?

Grain-Free Diet for Better Pet Health

As a pet parent, it can be overwhelming to decide what to feed your pets to give them the proper nutrition they need to live healthy, vibrant lives. The Benefits of a Grain-Free Diet Include: Higher protein provides a better source of energy and nutrition Easier to break-down and digest More food is utilized resulting is less waste May reduce food allergies/intolerances When possible, feed your dog a grain-free diet, but if it is not possible due to budget constraints or particular situations which require other alternatives, try a pet food recipe with “healthy grains.” They promote a healthy lifestyle for your … Continue reading

Why Does My Dog Like Poop So Much?

Poop of Dogs? Reasons Why Dogs Like Their Poop…

The other day, my husband and I had a photoshoot with Rooney out on this beautiful trail and beach in Northern California. We were walking along, enjoying the fresh air and beautiful scenery and then I look down to see Rooney rolling around in deer poop. Mind you, we had yet to take a single photo. Although I wasn’t looking forward to a smelly dog on the ride home, Rooney looked like he was having the time of his life. When I worked at the veterinary hospital, it was very common for us to have patients who visited the kitty … Continue reading

The Top 5 Dog Myths I’ve Encountered

Myths With Dog Behaviors and How to Determine What Your Pet Wants

I am not exactly sure why or how myths exist, but they do! Particularly for dogs. While most myths are harmless, the myths that surround dog health and behavior can be dangerous if believed to their fullest. Here Are 5 Myths That I’ve Encountered: 1. Dogs Only Wag Their Tails When They Are Happy Although most dogs do wag their tails as a sign of happiness, many dogs wag their tail when they are unsure or uncomfortable. If you ever have to approach a dog you don’t know, don’t simply assume they are happy because their tail is wagging. Be … Continue reading

What Is Good Dog Nutrition and Why Is It So Important?

Nutrition For Your Pet Dog’s Health

For many pet owners nutrition is a veritable minefield of misinformation and opinion, with no real place to turn to for help. The words ‘let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food’ have turned pet owners into polarized groups, each believing that their model is best. Every day I read blog after blog and post after post about how Fido is healthier on a prey model, Spot does best on a BARF diet, and Daisy thrives on her commercial dog food. For me Nutrition is not a one-size-fits-all solution to better health, but rather an individualized approach to … Continue reading

What Should You Really Look For in Dog Food?

Dog Food Tips for a Healthy Pet

Food is the foundation of good health! But finding the right food for your dog can be a bit overwhelming. Try going to the grocery store or online and you will quickly become aware of just how many choices there are out there! A customized nutrition plan is the way to go, however; if you’re in a bind, can’t afford a customized nutrition plan, or you just want to know how to choose if you ever need to, we’ve put together some tips just for you! Top 8 Things to Look for in Dog Food: 8. Made in the USA … Continue reading

5 Ways to Help Your Dog Live a Longer, Happier Life

Longer Life With Your Canine Friend

We all love our dogs and want them to live forever, right?? Until we find the fountain of youth for canines, our dogs will never live nearly as long as we want. Luckily, there are a few things we can do to help them live longer, more fulfilling lives. Follow these 5 basics and your dog will be on the path to longevity for sure. 1. Get Them Moving Regular exercise will help keep your dog’s mind and body healthy. Just 20 minute walks a day will turn back the hands of time. A little exercise each day is better … Continue reading